The Ministry of Education has announced that 2020 academic year will officially start on January 6th, 2020 but that students will reach schools depending on where they go.
For students in boarding schools in Kamonyi, Muhanga, Nyanza, Huye, Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Nyarugenge, Kicukiro and Gasabo districts, school will start on January 3rd, 2020.
For students going to schools located in the Northern and Eastern provinces, school will start on January 4th, 2020.
Finally, for students going to schools in Ruhango, Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Nyamagabe, Karongi, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Rubavu and Nyabihu districts, school will start on January 5th, 2020.
MINEDUC announced the dates but has not yet released national examination results for primary school pupils and O’ level students.
Many people are complaining saying that it is inadmissible that dates for starting the academic year have already been announced but not the national examination results and that it does not give enough time to students to prepare for school.
One parent expressed his concern saying that MINEDUC is being late to publish results and it does not give enough time to parents and students to prepare for school especially for those who will be sent to new schools.
He added that before announcing when the academic year will start, national examination results should first be published.
Dr. Munyakazi told IGIHE that there won’t be any change regarding the start of the academic year and added that national examination results will be published in a few days along with schools students will be admitted to.
"We will soon announce the national examination results along with schools students have been admitted to. That process requires thorough analysis and is mainly the reason why we take our time to publish the results."
He announced that the academic year for 2020 will start on January 6th, 2020 and that any change that might occur will be communicated.
About parents who complained that national examination results have delayed, he said that it is not true and advised parents to start preparing their children for school the moment the academic year dates are announced without waiting for results.
"There was absolutely no delay for us since the academic year dates have already been announced. Parents should have started buying school materials the moment they learned about it."
Dr. Munyakazi added that it is actually the first time the Ministry of Education took a relatively short time to announce the national examination results.